Developing an annotated bibliography is a good way to keep track of why you have scanned, photocopied, printed out, saved, or emailed some book, chapter, article, website, or other source of information to yourself. It can serve as a way to begin an outline of your paper and to locate the reference needed at each point in your paper.
An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources (may be any variety of materials, books, documents, videos, articles, web sites, CD-ROMs, etc.) with an accompanying paragraph that describes, explains, and/or evaluates each entry in terms of quality, authority, and relevance.
An annotated bibliography may serve a number of purposes, including but not limited to:
A review of the literature on a particular subject
Illustrate the quality of research that you have done
Provide examples of the types of sources available
Describe other items on a topic that may be of interest to the reader
Explore the subject for further research
The annotated bibliography may be selective or comprehensive in its coverage. A selective annotated bibliography includes just those items that are best for the topic while an exhaustive annotated bibliography attempts to identify all that is available on a subject. --Skidmore College. Lucy Scribner Library.
Here is assistance in creating an annotated bibliography.